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Airfix 1/144 VC10 C.1, 10 Sqn, 1974
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I backdated the Airfix VC10 tanker kit to the transport version. Decals came from Two-Six.
Work started a while ago about here in my workbench:
http://uamf.org.uk/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=471&start=1320

The finished product:

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I am no VC10 expert. I know what everyone knows - it is a beautiful aeroplane!

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Modifications were limited to the obvious - remove all the flight-refuelling bits, fill the slots for the pylons, add inner wing fences, shorten outer wing fences, remove all raised access panels from under the wings, scribe panel lines on fin, tailplane and wings (just a few on the fuselage) and fill all the windows and door shapes. I also braced the interior of the fuselage and the wings to prevent any flexing, and added a curled piece of thin styrene card to hide the very visible joins within the front of the engine nacelles.

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Filling the windows satisfactorily was the most time-consuming part! No washes were applied in any panel lines, but there is a little pre-shading in the light aircraft grey areas.
The engine nacelles are also embellished with various drilled holes and scraps of decal strip, but I drew the line at exhaust or oil stains!

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The Two-Six decals are very fine, requiring very careful handling. Many had to be cut into manageable pieces (including the large freight door) to avoid stretching, folding, creasing, etc. Nerve-wracking, to say the least. Accuracy literally hinges on placing the cheat line precisely; doors and windows will then fall into place. I was close, but a few mm out, which will only be obvious to anyone who knows the aircraft intimately.
For some reason the view below reminds me of old airline advertisements!

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And here she is in forced perspective with my FROG 1/96 Comet.

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After completing this model I was informed that acrylic gloss white looks much more white than Humbrol 22, so I will have to try that at the next opportunity. I am likely to be building at least one more, as an airliner with original airliner fuselage pieces (with all windows), and I have rescued a FROG built model to restore.
Some day!

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Glorious and graceful. Has to be the world's most beautiful airliner and you've really done her proud.

Just gorgeous.

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Superb model.

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I'd be proud of that. Lovely job.


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Really really nice build of the VC 10 and Comet.
I remember seeing these aircraft types when i was much , much younger.

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Awesome build and completion David; not only do I agree with you about the last photograph, but it also reminds me of the models that were always on display in the RAF recruitment offices in Reading many years ago.
Brilliant job all round

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Very, very nice. The second from last pic is eyegasmic. :grin:

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Thanks, guys,

What can I say? You are all Men of Taste!

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Oh my gosh, that is beautiful. I'm in love.

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That VC-10 kit must be a recent tooling, isn´t it? Really looking good.
And you made the Comet look like a modern tooling, but in fact it´s ancient?!
(or is it the Amodel new tool?)
EDIT: only now I noticed, you wrote: Frog!
Wooow, what an accomplishment!

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Works of art-both.

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Absolutely stunning, very well done.


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Awesome!


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That is a stunner, David and indeed so is the Comet that you have displayed alongside it. The VC-10 has some of the most beautiful lines of any jet airliner and that RAF scheme really suits it (although, IMHO, not as much as the old BOAC scheme does ;-) ). Really great work, one to be proud of methinks.

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Beautiful aircraft and a most beautiful model.


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